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Airplane makes precautionary landing

by Keith Norman

Posted on 7/2/2016

A Piper Malibu aircraft traveling from Dickinson to Fargo Friday declared an emergency and made a precautionary landing at Jamestown Regional Airport, according to Sam Seafeldt, airport manager.

"About 1:45 p.m. Minneapolis Center informed Jamestown airport that the pilots had reported a possible fire," he said. "Members of Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, the Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded."

Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting is a unit of volunteers and paid firefighters stationed at Jamestown Regional Airport.

Seafeldt said the plane landed safely at about 1:50 p.m.

"The airplane was inspected," he said. "There was a failure of equipment but there was no evidence of a fire."

Seefeldt said the equipment that failed was related to the operation of the plane''s instruments.

Most fire and rescue personnel were released from the scene by 2:30 p.m.

After the inspection, the pilots took off at about 2:45 p.m. with the intent to circle the airport several times to make sure there was no further problems. Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel remained on standby while the plane circled.

Seefeldt said the aircraft was carrying two people and ultimately returned to its base in Fargo.